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Your Small Business Development Center located in Mankato MN, offers no-cost, customized consulting to businesses throughout their entire life cycle — from the excitement of the idea stage and the thrill of the launch to the challenges of growth periods and distressed times.


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From Our Blog

  • Recipient of Encore Entrepreneur Awards Featured in Finance & Commerce

    Mark Johnson, founder of Kasota, Minnesota-based Artisan Restoration, specializes in taking pioneer log cabins and timber frame barns from across the upper Midwest and transforming them into customized new homes. Understanding bygone building techniques is essential for Johnson, who has rehabilitated structures dating to Minnesota’s early years – including the 150-year-old Borgeson Cabin in St. Peter’s Linnaeus Arboretum. But it’s Johnson’s ability to adopt modern tools like digital marketing that has helped him build Artisan Read More…

  • Strategic Partnership Brings Better Business Bureau to Mankato

    Better Business Bureau® of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) is partnering with Minnesota State University Mankato’s (MSUM) Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to establish a BBB office within the SBDC.  Part-time office hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:00 am to noon. “Business growth in the Mankato region has been and continues to be truly impressive,” said Susan Adams Loyd, President and CEO of BBB of Minnesota and North Dakota. “We’re very excited about our partnership Read More…

  • Small Business Awards Honorees Announced

    The SBDC announces the recipients of its South Central Minnesota Small Business Awards, in six categories, for 2018: Encore Entrepreneur (Age 50+) Artisan Restoration, St. Peter; Family-Owned Small Business Blue Earth Monument, Blue Earth; Minority-Owned Small Business Kato Trucking, Mankato; Veteran-Owned Small Business River Valley Birth Center, St. Peter; Woman-Owned Small Business K & G Gymnastics, Mankato; Young Entrepreneurs of the Year Ag Storm, St. Peter.   Award recipients will be honored at a luncheon Read More…